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Impotence (Xala) is a Sengalese social comedy, filmed in the Wolof language. A rich, corrupt business executive marries for the third time for the express purpose of getting his name in the papers. After a disappointing wedding night, the businessman discovers that he's impotent. As he goes through a series of "cures" (including several tinged with witchcraft), his prestige in the communities dwindles along with his sense of manhood. Through Xala, director Ousmane Sembene attacks African neo-colonialism on an allegorical level. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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"It's very much worth seeing."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Takes a cynical look at the bourgeoisie aping their former rulers."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The jokes and details are delightful, yet there's real anger behind them, and it bursts spectacularly into view in the concluding frames."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Smart, satirical sex comedy."
‑ , Film4
"It is part fable and part satire, but it is much more."
‑ Richard Eder, New York Times
"A cutting morality tale that blames Senegal's sociopolitical downfall both on Euro-centricity and African auto-destruction."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
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